Our founder first crossed paths with Reina S. Weiner a couple of years ago, and interviewed her for the #WhyClinicalTrialsMatters campaign she started before founding Research4Me. You can catch up on that interview here where Reina shares why you need to either ask about clinical trials, or potentially miss out.
We were delighted when we saw Reina joined our Research Gamechangers Facebook Group a couple of months ago and is still sharing her wisdom as someone that has extensive experience participating in clinical trials. A few days ago, unprompted, Reina shared in that group why she thinks clinical trials matter. Reina gave us permission to repost this content on our blog, for everyone to read. So unedited, here’s what Reina shared with our Group.
“Why do clinical trials matter? I can give you 100 reasons, but let me give you a few of the most significant ones.
1 – Clinical trials introduce patients to what I like to call “the latest and greatest” – the newest treatments that hold the potential for improved health and possibly extended survival. I received a medication six years ago that is still not approved for first-line use in the U.S., although it is approved in relapsed patients.
2 – While clinical trials may benefit me, it offers newly diagnosed patients a new drug that has hopefully been found to be the most effective one to date for their particular illness. That’s half the reason I entered a clinical trial.
3 – Clinical trials accrue an enormous amount of reliable data following patients that researchers use to accurately determine the efficacy and appropriate dosing of a medication. Hence, patients can be assured that the data from trials have reached statistical significance and this is not simply anecdotal information.
4 – Researchers spend a great deal more time with patients than private practice physicians because they have the time to do so. In the U.S. doctors have to devote time to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance issues and on and on.
5 – If a patient is enrolled in a randomized, double-blind study and one arm shows significantly better results than the other arm, the study is quickly unblinded. All patients are immediately moved to the arm with the improved efficacy. Therefore, patients don’t have to fear that they’re being treated with an inferior treatment.
6- Patient’s safety is the number one concern of the researchers. The health of patients is never put at risk simply for the benefit of the trial.
7 – I have been in four clinical trials and would participate again, if necessary. I’m a huge supporter of research and clinical trials. It’s the only way that medicine moves forward to create new and better treatments for all of us.
Thanks Reina for allowing us to share this. If you have more or different reasons to add, why not join the conversation with Reina in our Group where all are welcome, or contact us to share your story on our blog.